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It’s time to get excited about TV science fiction again, as Us cable network AMC partners with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to produce Humans – an eight episode series to be co-produced by UK company Kudos (Broadchurch). The project is an adaptation of the Swedish science fiction-drama titled Real Humans that aired in 2012. That source material was written by Lars Lundstrom and was described by critics as “creepy as hell,” so this English language version – from the pens of Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) – looks very promising indeed.
Originally developed for release on Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment platform, the show is set in an alternative, current reality, in which the must-have gadget for households is a “synth,” which are highly developed robotic servants that are incredibly realistic in terms of their resemblance to mankind. Such hardware is not always within easy financial reach for the average suburban family, however, »
- Sarah Myles
We recently reported that AMC has teamed up with Kudos and Channel 4 for a drama series called Humans that takes place in an alternate reality in which families own advanced robotic servants, one of whom begins to act of its own will—a premise that might call to mind images of I, Robot or Bicentennial Man. Now the cast of Humans has been revealed and fans of Dark City and Kill List should be pleased.
Press Release – “William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from Channel 4, AMC and Kudos.
Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest »
- Derek Anderson
William Hurt is about to explore the age-old subject of “man vs machine.”
The Oscar-winning actor (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Damages) is set to star in AMC’s new eight-part drama series Humans, which is “set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.”
Hurt will play George Millican, a widower who forges something akin to a father-son relationship with “his out-of-date synth Odi.”
William Hurt is going sci-fi for AMC. The actor and Damages alum will star in futuristic drama Humans for the cable network and the U.K.'s Channel 4, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Read more AMC Lands Xbox Drama Series 'Humans' Humans, previously developed for Xbox, is an eight-episode co-production with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4. The series, from British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film's acclaimed series Real Humans. U.K. indie production banner Kudos (Broadchurch) will produce the series, which was originally planned to share a
- Lesley Goldberg
This looks promising. Channel 4 and AMC have announced the cast of Humans, their forthcoming English-language take on Swedish sci-fi series, Real Humans (pictured), the story of a near-future world in which robots or 'Synths' are commonly used as domestic servants.
Leading the series will be The It Crowd's Katherine Parkinson and Mr Selfridge's Tom Goodman-Hill, as a couple who purchase a refurbished 'synth' (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit's Gemma Chan) to attempt to relieve their household workload. Those two will be joined by Merlin's Colin Morgan, Utopia's Neil Maskell, Game Of Thrones' Will Tudor, 24: Live Another Day's Emily Berrington and The Thick Of It's Rebecca Front.
Filming will commence shortly on a trilogy of 90-minute episodes which will adapt the two remaining works by Henning Mankell featuring the character.
The first will be based on the 1993 novel "The White Lioness" which James Dormer ("Spooks") is adapting. The other two will be a two-part adaptation of Mankell's final novel "The Troubled Man" which Peter Harness ("Doctor Who") will adapt.
In a statement, Branagh says: "I always approach each series of Wallander with anticipation and excitement, but this last series of films contain some of the greatest challenges the character has ever faced. It's a privilege to try to meet them, and I look forward to a great Swedish Autumn working on Henning Mankell's masterly creation."
Branagh has played the role in nine TV »
- Garth Franklin
France has always considered itself to be a mecca of world cinema, while tending to disdain its homegrown television fiction. But that has changed as the country forges a reputation for edgy miniseries. In fact, on the business side, international TV fiction sales rose 30% between 2011 and 2013.
The main driver of the change is not international coin, but the need to maintain domestic auds. “French viewers are used to watching U.S. shows,” says Laetitia Recayte, CEO at Newen Distribution. “French TV fiction has to draw closer to U.S. models. Canal Plus paved the way, with shows like ‘Spiral,’ but now all French broadcasters are following suit.”
Successful genres include noirish crime dramas and mystery thrillers. One example is Haut et Court’s supernatural thriller “The Returned,” which whetted Blighty appetites for similar fare.
Newen is now repping mystery thriller “Witnesses,” from network France 2, and already has bids from the U. »
- Martin Dale
The BBC will air the series in the UK, and is currently seeking a Us network to co-produce and screen the adaptation in America.
An espionage novel published in 1993, The Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine, a British soldier turned auditor for a luxurious hotel.
Pine crosses paths with Sophie, a French-Arab woman with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketeer who made his fortune from weapons deals.
After Sophie is killed, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper to avenge her death.
It’s the classic time travel question – would you kill a dangerous killer in their crib, before they’ve actually done anything? Well, what is you weren’t sure the baby was going to do anything? What if you were asked to…
Kill The Moon
Directed by Paul Whilmshurst
Clara speaks to the entire Earth – they run the risk of the Earth being destroyed if they don’t kill an innocent being. “The man who normally helps” is nowhere to be found, and a decision must be made. Flashing backwards, we learn that Coal Hill student Courtney Woods has not reacted well to her brief run on the Tardis. The Doctor told her she “wasn’t special”, a comment she’s taken to heart. Clara asks him to apologize; he instead offers her a chance to be the first woman on the Moon.
Alas, all is not well there. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
The story follows Jonathan Pine, a British soldier turned luxurious hotel night auditor. Pine crosses paths with a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketer who specializes in weapons.
The woman provides Pine with incriminating documents, which he forwards to a friend in British intelligence. After Sophie winds up dead, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper.
The BBC and Ink Factory are co-producing the project which David Farr ("Hanna," "Spooks") is penning the adaptation of, with offers for a straight-to-series pickup from multiple U.S. networks reportedly out.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are coming to TV in an espionage drama. The duo is set to star in a TV adaptation of John le Carre's The Night Manager, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with Wme fielding multiple offers from U.S. networks for a straight-to-series pickup. The drama is being developed in partnership with the BBC, which will air the series in the U.K. Ink Factory (A Most Wanted Man) is producing. David Farr (Hanna, Spooks) will pen the adaptation. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Published in 1993, le Carre's Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine,
- Lesley Goldberg
The Ones Below centres around two couples who live in upstairs and downstairs flats.
The neighbours are both expecting babies, but while the upstairs mother-to-be is nervous about the future, the downstairs neighbour's excitement hides a sinister secret.
Poésy is best known for her role as Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter films.
The Ones Below has begun shooting in London. »
Warning: contains a spoiler for Spooks series 7.
As period-gangster drama Peaky Blinders returns to BBC 2 for a second series, we caught up with director Colm McCarthy (Sherlock - The Sign Of Three, Doctor Who - The Bells Of St. John, Spooks) for a chat about the mythology of the new series, working with Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, Matt Smith riding a motorbike up the Shard, drunken Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and er, manual sex in 1920s night clubs...
You’ve come in to direct the second series of Peaky Blinders after its look and performances have already been established. Do you take your cues from what’s gone before or do you approach it thinking, ‘right, what am I going to change?’
Both of those things. I’ve »
Hanna co-writer David Farr is making his feature directing debut with The Ones Below, a psychological thriller that’s just kicked off principal photography in London. Not to be confused with Legendary and Universal’s current catacombs pic As Above/So Below, The Ones Below focuses on two affluent couples living above and below each other whose lives become fatally interlinked. Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel, Harry Potter), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys) and Finnish actress Laura Birn (A Walk Among The Tombstones) star in the ensemble that’s also scripted by Farr.
The story follows upstairs couple Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Campbell Moore) who are expecting their first baby, and Jon (Morrissey) and Teresa (Birn) who move in downstairs and are also expecting a child. In contrast to Kate, Teresa is full of joy at the prospect of imminent motherhood. Pregnancy brings the women together in shared confidence, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
New pictures from Doctor Who's next episode 'Kill the Moon' have debuted online.
"Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life."
'Kill the Moon' was partly shot on location in Lanzarote, »
"Hello, Earth! We have a terrible decision to make: An innocent life versus the future of all mankind..." Clara and the Time Lord head to the moon in a new trailer for next week's episode of Doctor Who, "Kill the Moon", airing Saturday, October 4 at 9 Pm Et on BBC America.
In the near future, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. But when Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life. With special guest star Hermione Norris (Mi-5, Wire in the Blood).
Will the life of one innocent person be spared to ensure the future of all humanity? Will the Time Lord and Clara actually "kill the »
British producer Jeremy Thomas to to head the Official Competition jury at the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).
Thomas’s career as producer and executive producer spans Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1978), Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winner The Last Emperor (1987), David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), Wim Wender’s Pina (2011) and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).
He will preside over a jury that comprises last year’s Best Film Award nominee Ahmad Abdalla (Rags & Tatters), actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), film producer and programme advisor Lorna Tee (Postcards from the Zoo), actor James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and film critic Scott Foundas.
Jury members who will present work at the festival include Abdalla, whose film Decor receives its world premiere; Hawkins, who features in Morgan Matthews’ debut feature X + Y; and James McAvoy who stars in The Disappearance »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester will be back as Strike Back leads Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge, with Robson Green (Philip Locke), Michelle Lukes (Sgt Richmond) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez) also returning.
Mad Dogs star Beesley takes on the role of an ex-pat gangster in the new episodes, which will also feature guest appearances from Game of Thrones actor Michael McElhatton, Highlander: The Series star Adrian Paul and Spartacus actor Dustin Clare.
Wouldn’t you like a robot to take care of the tasks you don’t want to? AMC, Kudos, and Channel 4 announced a co-production deals for Humans, a new series where families own advanced robotic servants, but we have a feeling that all is not what it seems…
Humans” is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
The new deal is brokered by Dan Isaacs COO Kudos, Kerry Ball Senior Vice President of digital Business Development, »
- Jonathan James
AMC will be picking up the domestic rights to Xbox's sci-fi drama series Humans. Xbox committed to an eight-episode first season for the show, which is being written by the British writing team of Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks).
Humans is an English-language adaptation of the Sveriges Television and Matador Films series Real Humans. The story is set in "a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'synth' — a highly developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences."
AMC jumped in on the show after Microsoft opted to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, which is its original programming studio. That decision left original series like Humans and the Steven Spielberg-produced »
- Joey Paur
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